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Adopting Senior Dogs: Why Their Love is Special

Puppies and young dogs love everyone. And who can resist their sloppy, friendly kisses and not love them in return? That’s one of the reasons most people decide to adopt a furry youngster from a shelter or rescue group. But what about senior dogs? Well if you adopt a senior dog, you’ll find they have […]

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Adopting a Pet from the Shelter During the Holidays

So you’re thinking about adopting a pet over the holidays and you’re wondering…is it a good idea or not? When I began my pet-centric career over a decade ago at the SPCA of Tampa Bay, we warned people about holiday pet adoption. After all, it’s already a hectic time with guests, house decorating, preparing food, […]

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4 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt on National Mutt Day

Did you know that today is National Mutt Day? It’s  a unique holiday because it’s celebrated twice a year on July 31st and December 2nd. The holiday was created to celebrate and save the mixed-breed dogs of the world, which make up the largest percentage of euthanized dogs in the United States due to over-breeding […]

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Vet Advice: How to Keep Your Pet Healthy

We all want our furry buddies to live long, happy and healthy lives.  And for that to happen, we need to start looking after our pet’s well-being the very second we adopt them.  How do we do that?  We asked our vet, Dr. Laura Wiles, for her advice on keeping pets healthy, starting on adoption […]

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4 Insta-Famous Pets You Need To Follow

There are so many Insta-famous pets that it’s hard to know which ones to add to your feed.  And it’s not only cats and dogs with wildly popular Instagram accounts.  We found bunnies, pigs, monkeys, chipmunks, ponies, guinea pigs, squirrels, raccoons and many more animals, all with huge followings.  Despite feeling a bit overwhelmed, we […]

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Essential Gear You Need to Hike with Your Dog

You probably didn’t adopt your dog so you have a hiking buddy.  But that’s one of the many wonderful rewards that come with being a doggie parent.  In this beginner’s guide we talked about how to prepare for hiking adventures with your pup.  Now we want to share our favorite essential hiking gear you’ll need to go […]

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Here’s how you can help the families and pets affected by Hurricane Harvey

Houston and the surrounding communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey are now in recovery, assessing damage and moving their focus on rebuilding homes and businesses. The aftermath of this natural disaster will continue for months if not years ahead. So many have donated their time, talents and financial resources to aid these communities. The pet community […]

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Why Black Cat Appreciation Day Is Important

August 17 is Black Cat Appreciation Day.  Why a holiday just for black cats?  Because for centuries, they’ve had a really bad rap.  In the Middle Ages, people thought that black cats were the evil companions of witches.  Even today, some people think that black cats bring bad luck if they cross the street in […]

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6 Really Adorable Books About Cats & Dogs You’ll Love

Taking care of our dogs and cats can be, well, time-consuming. So you’d think that when we pet parents had a spare moment to sit down and read a book, we’d choose a mystery or sci-fi novel, even non-fiction. But no, lots of us prefer to read books about…cats and dogs! So in case you […]

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How to Throw a Great Birthday Party for Your Dog

It’s pawty time! Yes, if your beloved pooch’s birthday is approaching, why not throw a doggie birthday pawty for them to celebrate? Whether it’s their actual birthday or the day you adopted them, it’s a cause for celebration. You can go all-out and spend big, keep it simple and inexpensive by making a lot of […]

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